GM’s Barra Makes Return Visit to Washington on Recall

General Motors Co. (GM) Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra returned to Washington to brief lawmakers on the automaker’s internal investigation of an ignition-switch defect linked to 13 fatalities.

Barra met today with lawmakers from both chambers of Congress, according to two people familiar with the meetings. The people asked not to be identified because the meetings were private.

The head of the largest U.S. automaker, who testified during two days of hearings beginning April 1, updated lawmakers on the probe being led by Jenner & Block LLC Chairman Anton Valukas, according to the people. GM hired the former federal prosecutor to determine why the company took years to recall 2.59 million small cars to fix a faulty switch linked to air-bag failures.

Senator Claire McCaskill, who held an April 2 Senate hearing, was one of the lawmakers to get a briefing today, according Sarah Feldman, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Democrat. Based on what she heard, McCaskill still intends to hold a follow-up hearing after GM completes its investigation, Feldman said.

“Since becoming CEO, Mary has made visits to congressional members to discuss issues that are important to them,” Greg Martin, a GM spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement.

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